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c Weddings 3 Movies 6 Television 9 Slim Gourmet 4 Reading Room 8 Advice 10 Asbury Park Press Fri., Jan. 29, 1982 "I demons climbing to top again BY WALTER PATRICK Press Staff Writer Lifestyle 2 Arts & Leisure 5 IP H1. f w . -' Jfi J ' STUDIO FRIENDS Maria Burton, adopted daughter of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shares a smile with friend, Steven Carson, at Studio 54 in New York City. People The Associated Press Confession of a dog The La Plata County (Colo.) Sheriff's Department has closed case No. 824)0952 without a shot being fired, an arrest being made, or a word being spoken by the culprit. The confessed culprit, who goes by the name "Blacky," has been set free with a stern warning not to be a repeat offender. Deputy Dan Bender said he was on a routine patrol Tuesday morning when a call came across the radio that somebody was stealing dog bowls from Marsha Stoddard's front porch. Ms. Stoddard said she had some suspects in mind, but the first one, a neighbor's St. Bernard, had an ironclad alibi. He was tied to a tree, Bender said. The deputy pressed the investigation further and found a black dog on another porch, rifling the food dish there. In the driveway were two bowls matching those stolen from Ms. Stoddard, Bender said in his official report. "I got out of my vehicle and was picking up the two pans when the black dog approached me, wagging its tail," Bender wrote. "I had the pans out and said, 'Did you take these?' The dog then cowered, dropped its ears and placed his tall between his legs. "I believed that act to be one associated with guilt and shame," he said. Bender said he brought the dog back to its owner and returned the bowls to Ms. Stoddard. "She did not wish to press charges," he said in his report. . From babes9 mouths There are lots of good ways President Reagan could improve the State of the Union, sixth graders at Beattie Elementary School, Lincoln, Neb., said when asked to give advice to the chief executive. "Stop eating jelly beans and get down to serious business," one of Nancy Tegler's students urged Reagan before Tuesday's address. "Don't cut taxes anymore, and cut down on defense spending," another suggested. Reagan should resolve to "make peace with Russia," a student said. The president should help "pull the country up by our bootstraps," according to another child. The simplest solution of the lot: "Fix everything." One 12-year-old was a little pessimistic about the president's capabilities, saying Reagan should resolve "to get lost." Paying the piper Jazz singer Nina Simone was detained by police for several hours in a dispute over a $128 hotel bill, but won freedom in return for her promise to perform at a nightclub in Old Montreal. "I don't carry cash," she said after emerging from a police station , Wednesday night. "I Just carry my name and my fame." The singer, who was garbed in leather and furs for her stop at the police station, blamed the problem on nightclub owner George Durst'i "greed and stupidity." Miss Simone said she arrived from Paris on Tuesday for a personal visit and checked into the Park Regent Hotel while considering an offer to sing at Durst's nightclub, Le Bijou. "She said a club owner would pay her bill," said hotel manager Card Folkersma, "but when we called him (Durst), he said 'absolutely not."' Police were summoned. And when Miss Simone called Durst from the police station and demanded that he free her, the nightclub owner agreed Drovjdlne she eive three shows next it : week for $450 minus the cost of the hotel biU. Miss Simone said she promised to perform rather than face a night "with all these cops." Brady applauded White House press secretary James Brady gave a thumbs up sign at a Washington Press Club "Salute to Congress" dinner, his first real public appearance since he was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on President Reagan. Brady and his wife, Sarah, received the good wishes of the president Wednesday via closed-circuit television. Brady received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 1,200 Washington journalists, members of Congress and political figures. Reagan, who appeared at the club's annual dinner last year, made a few jokes during the short closed-circuit TV presentation. He said he wasn't telling age jokes any more and then added, "They called me as an eyewitness at that creationism trial." He said his staff equates congressional sessions to some of their budget meetings. "Someone gets up to speak and nobody listens, nobody says anything and then everybody disagrees," he said. Brady is undergoing what Is expected to be a long period of therapy and recovery from the head wound he received March 30. He appeared earlier at the re-opening of the White House press room after repairs. Plain Janes A 62-YEAR-OLD widow who loves to write letters wants to hear from anyone else in the world named Jane. "I thought it would be fun to see how many Janes I could get to send me a letter signed by Jane," explained Jane Ballman of Louisville, Ky. "I thought if I got enough Janes, maybe I could get into the Guinness World Book of Records as being the Jane getting the most mail from Janes." Mrs. Ballman is a widow and her daughter works, so she has turned to letter-writing to keep busy. She said the idea of compiling Jane letters came from out of the blue. She goes through telephone books and newspapers and watches TV show credits for Janes: "The people that get my letters must think I'm nuts." Her collection now1 includes only four Janes. Waldheim feted The United Nations' new secretary-general, Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru, has presented a gold U.N. peace medal to his predecessor, Kurt Waldheim of Austria. After the ceremony Wednesday, both men went down to a basement coffee shop where Perez de Cuellar was presented gifts from Waldheim's native country to the United Nations: tables and chairs for the coffee shop and a box of Sacher tortes for himself. The 16 tables, with marble tops and cast iron legs, and the 64 chairs, replaced less-exotic furnishings in use since the shop opened more than a year ago. Lewis suit dismissed A divorce suit filed by Jaren Lewis, the estranged wife of entertainer Jerry Lee Lewis, has been dismissed in Shelby County (Tenn.) Circuit Court. Divorce proceedings will continue , between the couple, however, in 1 Chancery Court in Hernando, Miss., where Lewis has filed against his wife. Judge Charles McPherson dismissed Mrs. Lewis' complaint after reviewing the divorce proceedings In Mississippi. "He got word that the chancellor had ruled that Lewis was a resident of Mississippi at time of filing the divorce, . so he dismissed the divorce proceeding here without prejudice so it could be heard by the Heranando chancellor," David Caywood, Mrs. Lewis' lawyer, said Wednesday. "A: FTER YOU'VE BEEN to the top, there's nowhere to go except back to start it again," says Clarence demons, featured instrumentalist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. When performing with The Boss, Clemons is at the top of the heap. But during Springsteen's extended breaks from touring and recording, Gemons has had a lot of time on his hands . . . until now. "Bruce always takes his time when he does his albums,-so I didn't want to sit around and do nothing. If I sat around like I did last time for two years, I'd freak out,-"said Clemons. To keep himself occupied, Clemons has put together a band of his own C.C. & the Red Bank Rockers and opened Big Man's West, a rock 'n' roll club in Red Bank. He's dedicating the next two years to the success of the group and the nightclub. "I've said two years because that's the master plan according to Bruce," Clemons said, following a recent Big Man's performance with his band. THOUGH HIS recorded work apart from Springsteen has been limited, Clemons hopes the Rockers will record eventually. "I'd like it (the band) to become as big as it can become, whether that's recording or whatever it is. I want it to be the best," he said. The Rockers have been touring the Eastern states on weekdays and performing Sundays at Big Man's, where they will appear again this week. Playing with the group is helping Clemons re-establish intimacy with audiences something he's found lacking during Springsteen's recent tours. "You play for 20,000 people and the guys in the back row might be playing, checkers or something while you're out there working your brains out," Clemons said. "With this band we're going back to the small clubs and making that personal contact. "Bruce can't go back to playing small clubs. The E Street Band in a club like this? It'd be bedlam. But in a small club you get the energy level back in your body. It's like recharging your batteries." THE ROCKERS, an 11-man group, play a mixture of '60s soul classics, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll. They also perform original compositions, including an instrumental by Clemons entitled "C.C. by the Sea." "The music we're playing right now Is my roots in rock 'n' roll," Clemons said. "The whole thing that I'm trying to do is bridge the gap between R & B and rock 'n' roll. To me it's the same music is music and anything you can walk away from positively is good." Besides playing sax, Gemons handles some of the vocals for the band. The rest of the singing is done by J. T. Bowen, a longtime friend. One of Bowen's featured numbers is "Try a Little Tenderness," a song popularized by the late Otis Redding. "I walked into this club one day and I College 'marriages9 become a BOSTON Last June, on one of those days that serve as lush background scenery for white graduation dresses, I found myself in a procession walking beside a trustee of a small private school. It was something of a special occasion on this campus, because this was the last year for an all-girls graduation. The school was completing its merger. Next year even commencement, the last remnant of separate histories, would be coed. "It will be kind of a shame to lose this," the trustee next to me said as the songs and speeches the special events of this female ceremony continued. His assumption, unspoken and unquestioned, was that next year the girls would become a part of the traditional male ceremony, that the females would give up their own rituals to gain access to males rituals. I have thought of this day often in the past months. Over the past dozen years, "going coed" has often meant the admission of women into existing and unchanging male Institutions. The merging of men's and women's organizations has often resulted in the submerging of women. Men's colleges like Yale, Princeton and' Dartmouth admitted women, believing that they could, indeed should, be treated the same as men. Brother and sister colleges like Brown and Pembroke married, and the women lost their names. Once I went to Radcliffe College; now women go to Harvard. Women's colleges are now less carried away by proposals, more interested In contracts. I suppose the latest chapter in this curious history of coeducation was written just last week by Barnard and Columbia colleges. ' Barnard, like so many other women's colleges, came into existence because Colum$a wouldn't accept women. Almost 100 years later, Columbia ardently wanted heard "Try a Little Tenderness' done in a disco version. I wanted to cry, you know. It was like blasphemy to me," Clemons said. OTHER MEMBERS of the group include bassist Harvey Brooks (a former member of the Electric Flag), guitarist David Landau (brother of Springsteen producer Jon Landau), drummer Jack Scarangella and keyboardist Jeff Levine. Providing much of the band's punch are the C.C. Horns, composed of saxophone players Colin Tilton and Vinnie Tieto, trombonist Tommy Mears and Ronnie Lan-kone on trumpet. Guitarist Billy Ryan, Red Bank, adds local uavor 10 me group, (me Dana s g name notwithstanding, most of the mem- bers are from outside the area.) "The guys that are in this band are some heavy duty guys," Gemons said. "They were just hanging out and looking for something to do, so we did it together." CLEMONS OPENED Big Man's (formerly John Barleycorn's) in July. The nightclub, on Monmouth Street, bears his nickname. His likeness in a pose lifted from the cover of Springsteen's "Born to Run" album adorns the sign out front. Just as Springsteen earned musical fame for Asbury Park with his songs, Gemons would like to further the reputation of Red Bank with his club. "I want to put Red Bank on the map," he said. "Red Bank is growing. It's gonna happen here. And I want rock 'n' roll to happen here, too. "The objective of this club? Well, my accountant thinks I have no objective at all. He says my objective is suicide," said Gemons. "But the real objective is to provide an outlet for new people who play their own original music. This is an original club and we book all original acts." ALONG WITH its originals-only booking policy, the club's stage sets Big Man's apart from many area nightspots. "The whole purpose of this club is to get young musicians and give 'em a place to really look good. Being a musician myself, of sorts, I built this stage with the musician in mind," Gemons said. "It's air-conditioned, it's got good lights, It's got a lot of room to move around and you can be seen by everybody in the room. It's a perfect setting." Gemons knows the importance of having a place to play from his early days with Springsteen. "Bruce started out as an original and had the Upstage (a long-defunct Asbury Park club that catered to aspiring musicians). But since the Upstage, there's been no place like that in the area for young musicians to come out and express themselves to show their wares." AMONG THE AREA bands that play at Big Man's are Sonny Kenn & the Wild Ideas and the George Theiss Band. On Feb. 8 the club will feature a four-act showcase of original groups, including Lord Gunner, the Peter Myers Band and Sages Pages. Gemons hired an experienced New York club manager, Fans Bouhafa, to book talent for Big Man's. "I met Faris some years ago," Gemons said. "He was managing Max's curiosity women. But Barnard was reluctant. Columbia wanted women for its men and its classes; Bernard wanted a measure of independence for its women and itself. There was talk of merger and suspicions of submerger. Like two lovers who can't reconcile their separate needs, Barnard and Columbia will go on together, but Columbia will be free to go looking for other women. Barnard will survive as a private liberal arts college with a special affiliation to Columbia (and more control over faculty tenure). Columbia will admit women it can call its own. ; Both colleges profess pleasure at this arrangement. Barnard will survive. Columbia will get its women. They will all live happily ever after in the same dormitories and dining halls. But there is something odd in this, a peculiar example of the times, of ideals. Columbia longed for an intimate relationship, but never offered partnership. Barnard was wary of compromise, Now, young women applicants can choose between the female insitution of Barnard, separate but dedicated to equality, and the male institution of Columbia, integrated but not yet equal. Somehow or other their choices seem familiar. Ellen Goodman is a syndicated columnist. Rr column appears Tuesday and Friday. Ellen jj Goodman VrY X m If""' .... y ..- . f , - , ., CLARENCE Kansas City in New York and he had the foresight to bring Bob Marley and Bruce Springsteen in his club for seven nights. "Any man who has that foresight is alright. We needed somebody down here in Red Bank with that kind of progressive thinking." Gemons has progressive thoughts of his own regarding his responsibilities as a nightclub owner. He assists the National Council on Alcoholism in campaigning against alcohol abuse. "THE PURPOSE of this bar is not to get you drunk it's to come in and have fun," he said . "Being a club owner, you've got to be a responsible person because you're dealing drugs. Alcohol is a drug and you're dealing with the thing and you've got to be responsible about it. "My wife, Christina, is from Sweden. She made me very aware of drinking and driving," Gemons said. "They have a policy there that when you go out with a group of people, one person doesn't drink. "I think it's a great thing there's This Weekend Chinese festival The Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch, Route 35, Shrewsbury, will Dresent a free Chinese Heritage Festival at 7:30 p.m. today. The program will include a Ribbon Dance perfomi- ance by the Chinese Dance Company of New York and a rooa demonstration by Annette L-a-vicka. A travel film will be shown and a discussion of Chinese birth signs and their significance will be held. No tickets or advance registration are required. Modern dancers Brookdale Community College will present a performance by Dan Wagoner and Dancers at 8 p.m. today at the college's Performing Arts Center, off Newman Springs Road in Middletown Township. The troupe, which specializes in modern dance, is part of the Dance Touring Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to Wagoner, four men and three women make up the company. The group's lighting designer, Jennifer Tipton, has won Tony, Drama Desk and Obie awards for her work. Tickets are $5, $4 for students and senior citizens and $3 for Brookdale students. Master pianist The Garden State Philharmonic will present guest artist Andre Michel-Schub, 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner, at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Toms River High School North, CLEMONS always one sober person in the car." Gemons met his wife six years ago in Stockholm. They were married in October on a volcano on the island of Maui in Ha-. waii. But the couple make their home at the Monmouth County shore. "I live in Sea Bright, the greatest town in the world," Gemons said. "No reflection on Asbury Park this whole area in Jersey is just fantastic." Gemons expressed only one misgiving about the recent developments in his life he sometimes wishes he had a business partner in his nightclub venture. "I spend a lot of sleepless nights and my stomach is going crazy. But then there's those nights when you feel really good, when you get letters from the people who play at your club and say 'Thank you for giving us the opportunity,' and 'May God bless you and your efforts.' "Man, that's all that matters when you can see you're giving somebody else the chance that I got. That's what's happening." Old Freehold Road, Dover Township. Schub will perform Schumann's "Piano Concerto in A" Minor" with the orchestra. Schub studied under Rudolph Serkin and won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Avery Fisher Award prior to the Cliburn. Tickets are $7.50, $2 for "students. Puppet show The Hebrew Academy of Sayreville will present a puppet show for children of all ages at 2 p.m. Sunday at . the school, 270 Ernston Road. Refreshments, including danish and cupcakes, will be served. Tickets are $2.50 at the door. Parents will be admitted free. Cheering contest Brookdale Community College All-Star Sports Camps will present the Monmouth County Elementary School Cheerleading Competition at 2 p.m. Sunday at the college gymnasium, on New man Springs Road, Middletown Township. Two rounds of squad competition will be held and an individual "Miss Yell competr tion will be conducted. Admission is $1, 75 cents for children under 12 Fish and chips American Legion Auxiliary Unit 346 will sponsor a fish and chips dinner today at the post home, Gully Road, Neptune. Seat ings are at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $4.50 and reservations are re quired. u

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